Key Contacts: Marcus Fishburn (Global Practice Head), Sam Taylor (Practice Head, US), Septimus Knox (Global Practice Deputy Head)
Number of Employees: 300+
Number of Languages Spoken:35+ including Afrikaans, Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Czech, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Ukrainian
International Offices: 7
Year founded: 2005
S-RM is a global intelligence and cyber security consultancy comprising 300+ practitioners across seven international offices, serving clients across all regions and major sectors. Headquartered in London with offices in Cape Town, Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro, Utrecht, New York and Washington, D.C., S-RM supports clients by providing intelligence that informs critical decision-making.
The firm established a dedicated Disputes & Investigations practice in 2018 to provide specialist support to clients engaged in contentious situations. S-RM’s intelligence and evidence is deployed in a number of scenarios including litigation, international arbitration and internal investigations. The team has experience working on many different types of dispute, including joint venture disputes, contractual disputes, investor-state arbitration, contentious insurance claims, civil fraud matters, sanctions-related issues and defamation cases.
In parallel to its Disputes & Investigations practice, S-RM has specialist Deal Advisory and Cyber Security practices. The Deal Advisory team delivers complex pre-transaction due diligence to some of the world’s largest private equity houses, corporate M&A teams and international financial institutions. The Cyber Security team specialises in cyber incident response, digital and cyber forensics, and technical expert witness work.
Research and analysis is provided by 80+ analysts across six regional teams, each of which offers expert coverage of their region’s political and commercial dynamics and information landscape. Collectively, S-RM’s analysts and case managers speak over 35 languages and have been hired from a broad range of sectors including government intelligence, law enforcement, finance, journalism, the military and academia. Each team is adept at locating hard-to-find public records and has built an extensive network of human sources on the ground in their region. On every project, S-RM brings together the most relevant and experienced practitioners from across the business, creating the right team to deliver the intelligence the client needs.
Main Areas of Practice:
S-RM’s Disputes & Investigations practice provides a full spectrum of dispute-focused services including asset tracing; enforcement strategy; litigation and arbitration support; eDiscovery and digital forensics; cyber threat intelligence; physical surveillance; expert witness support; witness identification, profiling and location; and strategic intelligence. At the firm, traditional investigators collaborate with cyber security experts and seasoned crisis managers to deliver a wide range of services.
International asset tracing:
S-RM regularly supports the enforcement of judgments and awards by mapping assets, unpicking complex corporate structures and providing expert reports to courts in support of interim measures. The firm also conducts lighter touch pre-litigation asset searches to inform legal strategy.
Litigation and arbitration support:
Working with legal teams, expert witnesses and PR professionals, S-RM’s intelligence crafts strategy and drives successful outcomes in complex, international disputes. The firm works with clients in pursuit of favourable settlements, but also regularly collects and submits evidence to support arguments made in court and in front of arbitral tribunals.
S-RM builds multidisciplinary teams of analysts, investigators, cyber experts and digital forensics practitioners to investigate internal issues at some of the world’s leading corporates. The firm’s internal investigations often deal with issues including bribery and corruption, fraud, bad leavers, IP theft and data leaks.
Over the past 17 years, S-RM’s investigators have helped clients navigate an array of highly complex and sensitive situations by providing timely intelligence and strategic advice. The firm has designed activist shareholder defence strategies, unmasked the architects of ‘dark’ PR campaigns and helped broker negotiations between feuding joint venture partners.
Investigative due diligence:
In the context of major transactions, S-RM provides in-depth research to support critical decision-making. The firm has advised some of the world’s leading private equity houses, DFIs and banks as well as numerous governments worldwide.
Digital forensics and cyber incident response:
S-RM's Digital Forensics team identifies, preserves and analyses digital evidence to uncover the facts for their clients' most complex and sensitive investigations and legal cases. The firm's experts ensure a thorough investigation is conducted and provide clear, factual findings for the firm's clients, their counsel and the courts.
Praia de Botafogo, 228, 1105, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 22.250-906
Tel: +55 21 3031 6030
Unit 8102, YF Life Tower, 33 Lockhart Road, Wanchai
Tel: +852 6209 2185, +852 3008 2134
Lange Viestraat 2B, Utrecht, 3511 BK
21st Floor, Towers South, The Towers, 2 Heerengracht, Cnr Hertzog Boulevard, Foreshore, Cape Town, 8001
Tel: +27 (0)21 300 9870
United Kingdom (HQ)
4th Floor, Beaufort House, 15 St Botolph Street, London, EC3A 7DT
Tel: +44 (0)20 3763 9595
New York: 200 Liberty Street, New York, 10281
Tel: +1 212 653 1910
Washington: One Thomas Circle NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC, 20005
Tel: +1 917 748 172